Learners race to raise funds for school sports

2017-07-11 06:03
Meet the girls, Angela Euston Brown, Ashleigh Nicol, Chloe Fisher, Jenna Fish, Tara Asher and the boys Jordan French,	Kyle Oliver, Loveday Banda, Martin Beukes and Matthew Carter.

Meet the girls, Angela Euston Brown, Ashleigh Nicol, Chloe Fisher, Jenna Fish, Tara Asher and the boys Jordan French, Kyle Oliver, Loveday Banda, Martin Beukes and Matthew Carter. (Supplied)

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A group of Fish Hoek learners will be taking on a 500km relay to raise funds to improve the school’s sports facilities.

Starting on Wednesday 19 July, the 10 learners will run from the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn to Fish Hoek in just five days.

The learners of Fish Hoek High School will be running a relay over 100km every day for five days in a row, explains athletics coach and coordinator Steve Mitchell.

“That means the team will be running 10 hours each day, totalling 50 hours by the time we get back to Fish Hoek. [This will be] a big adventure that will test the runners’ physical and mental endurance,” he says.

The team will run from the Cango Caves through the towns of Calitzdorp, Zoar, Ladysmith, Barrydale, Montagu, Robertson, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and will arrive in Fish Hoek on Monday 24 July.

The mayors of all the towns have agreed to meet the team as they run through, signing the scroll of honour and wishing the runners well on their way, adds ­Mitchell.

The learners, who are all cross country runners, are looking to raise around R200 000 to pay off a pavilion built at the school last year and to install a roof over it. Each learner will be expected to run 10km a day. The learners have been involved with school league races during the term, follow a weekly training programme and race once a week, explains Mitchell. In addition, they have been completing park runs on weekends and were encouraged to complete a weekly time trial at Fish Hoek Athletics Club.

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